Pope Says Mother Teresa To Be Made A Saint On Sept. 4
In December 2015, the Pope cleared the way for sainthood for the nun, known as the saint of gutters, who died at the age of 87.
Dr. Joshua Mar Ignathios, the Metropolitan Bishop of the Eparchy of Mavelikkara of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, told IANS that according to him Mother Teresa was a "saint" even when she was alive.
Previous year she was credited by Vatican experts with inspiring the 2008 recovery of a Brazilian man suffering from multiple brain tumours, thus meeting the Church's standard requirement for sainthood of having been involved in two certifiable miracles.
"We have now received an official confirmation from Vatican that Pope Francis has approved Mother's sainthood and set 4 September as the date for her canonisation". "We are all very happy about our Mother Teresa being made a saint", they said.
On Tuesday, Archbishop Thomas D'Souza conducted a special mass, while the nuns of her order, the Missionaries of Charity, conducted prayers at her tomb. Pope John Paul II beatified her in 2003.
After carrying out an investigation of their own, the Vatican was convinced that the incident was indeed a miracle on the part of Mother Teresa.
Missionaries of Charity nuns and Catholics in Kolkata are planning a series of cultural and interfaith events to celebrate the canonization of Blessed Teresa on September 4. "Her saintliness was not only mystical but heaven centred humanism where every human person especially the poor, forgotten marginalised presented the wounded face of the crucified Christ", he said.
Tom and his dad hopped in their auto, picked up Mother Teresa - who sat in the back with Tom's father - and she spent about 15 minutes praying with his mom in the hospital. She won the 1979 Nobel peace prize for her work with the poor.
"I do not know how many people would comfortably get people out of the streets to bathe, cloth and feed them like she did", Kalumba said, adding that it's no wonder she attracted admiration from many. She was granted Indian citizenship a year later. "We never met her but wish we had", said an inmate.
Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu to Albanian parents in 1910 in Skopje, now the capital of Macedonia. She went to India in 1929 as a novice with the Loreto nuns.